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VIRGINIA NATURALLY

Hanover-Caroline Soil & Water Conservation District MWEE

Thank you for being part of the Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience hosted by the Hanover-Caroline Soil & Water Conservation District. We look forward to working with the teachers of Hanover and Caroline Counties to provide an exciting and educational outdoor experience for their sixth grade students at Meadow Event Park.

Introduction/Overview
This section provides teachers and chaperones with information on how the field day will work and what will happen once you arrive at the site.

During the field day, students will be engaged in hands-on learning and investigation at each station.

The stations on the north side will include:

Dowload the north side student journal.

Macroinvertebrates
Students participate in a wide variety of introductory learning activities including viewing power point presentations on benthic macroinvertebrates, researching and reporting on a specific aquatic organism and illustrating or creating a model.

Water Quality Testing
A basic introduction to water quality parameters including the units of measure, range and regulatory standards for temperature, pH and dissolved oxygen. This lab provides experience in using World Water Monitoring Day test kits and other common equipment.

Riparian Buffer Study
In terms of preparing for the Riparian Buffer station at the fairgrounds, there is both an overriding theme (the ability of vegetative cover to help protect water quality) and a field skill (the use of a simple dichotomous key) to which students should be exposed.

Field Notes
This station does not have an official preparation lesson, however teachers may wish to have students respond to the same questions or conduct a similar wildlife habitat evaluation in their schoolyard, after the field day. A comparison between the two sites could be completed as an additional assignment.

The stations on the south side will include:

Download the south side student journal.

Wetlands
An introduction to wetlands.

Water Quality Testing
A basic introduction to water quality parameters including the units of measure, range and regulatory standards for temperature, pH and dissolved oxygen. This lab provides experience in using World Water Monitoring Day test kits and other common equipment.

Parking Lot

Field Notes
This station does not have an official preparation lesson, however teachers may wish to have students respond to the same questions or conduct a similar wildlife habitat evaluation in their schoolyard, after the field day. A comparison between the two sites could be completed as an additional assignment.


What's your Watershed Address?
You know your street address. But do you know your watershed address? To figure out your school’s watershed address, think about where your school is located and where the water from this site flows. Use the maps provided in this guide to answer the questions.

River Talk: Analogies of a Watershed
Students will write the definition of any unfamiliar water/watershed words. Then use logic to figure out the relationship between the first pair of words, and apply that same relationship to fill in the blank in the second pair of words.

Going with the Flow
By acting out the parts of a river system, students will be introduced to basic stream and river process-es, the unique characteristics and functions of various parts of the system and the importance of protection.

Streams of Data
Students create a pictorial representation of the geographical features, historical land uses and environmental issues of their selected watershed.

Watershed Fact Sheets
This includes facts about the following watersheds:

  • Chickahominy River Watershed
  • James River Watershed
  • North Anna River Watershed
  • York River Watershed

Field Guides to the State Fair of Virginia site

Reflection
According to the definition of a “Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience,” the reflection phase should refocus on the question, problem or issue; analyze the conclusions reached; evaluate the results; and assess the activity and student learning. The MWEE should be considered in its entirety, as opposed to focusing on the field investigation exclusively.

Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience (MWEE) Resources
These resources include curricula, partners, project ideas, field study locations and more.


Credits

Curriculum Design and Principal Author: Kristine Jarvis, Virginia Department of Environmental Quality

Contributing Writers and Editors:

Rebecca Jones, Hanover-Caroline Soil and Water Conservation District
Ann Regn, David Ruble, Sheila Barnett, James Beckley, Page Hutchison, Virginia Department of Environmental Quality
Ellen Powell, Virginia Department of Forestry

Web Design: Jennifer Underwood, VA Department of Environmental Quality

Graphic Design: Hodges Graphic Design

Educators may download and photocopy these materials for the non-commercial purpose of educational advancement. For any other uses, please contact: Jennifer Underwood, Communication Specialist, Virginia Department of Environmental Quality at: Jennifer.Underwood@deq.virginia.gov